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A Contented Man and other stories$2.99
A man waiting in a tower to be killed by an Albanian sworn virgin as part of a blood vendetta. A mythical Irish puca who refuses to take no as a response to his presence. A man obsessed with a long-dead woman in an Impressionist painting. A boy haunted by what might have happened to a woman pulled dead from a lake.
This darkly gothic collection of stories explores the unsettling borderland between reality and the supernatural. Ranging from early twentieth-century France to 1960s South Wales and contemporary Europe, Jo Mazelis’ singular vision and poetic language creates characters caught up in events and feelings they do not fully understand or control, giving the book its uncanny focus. Not all is as it seems in a world where first impressions may only conceal disguises and false trails – and there’s no going back.
Snow Flurries and other stories$2.99
The German Democratic Republic, East Germany. An abusive guard encountered many years after a woman’s nightmare imprisonment in Hoheneck women’s prison. A man’s reluctant return to Dresden two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A killing in the context of the ripple effects of an iconic church’s demolition in Leipzig. The very long shadow of war-time rape and loss in a Meissen courtroom in present-day Germany. All of these are elements in Romy Fölck’s evocative mini collection of four short stories.